Hi, I’m Amee! I’m a baking blogger, recipe developer, and food photographer working with brands to create content for their social media and advertising needs. I’m a high-functioning introvert, overthinker, list-maker, and baking addict. I also love cooking (and science, and sarcasm, and I have an odd fascination with mini farm animals), but sweets are my passion.
My husband, Adam, and I have been married for 17 (!!) years. We live in our beautiful home state of Michigan with our three kiddos: James (14), Katie (12), and William (6). I can honestly say that the only thing I’m more passionate about than baking is these amazing people. <3
I’m an environmental scientist by training. My career was high stress and long hours–which I’m suited for. Mostly. Baking became my creative outlet; a way to feel
relaxed centered (I don’t really relax). Sometimes you just need to bake some cookies at midnight so you’re mentally and emotionally prepared for the next day. Lots of people do that, right?
How Live to Sweet was Born
We moved from Michigan to just outside Dallas, Texas just after William was born, turning our lives upside down. Adam’s new job demanded a lot of his time, and my job had similar demands. With three kiddos at home, one of which was a newborn, something had to give.
That’s the story of how I became an Accidental Stay-at-Home-Mom. I was so happy that I could be at home and give my family the support they needed. I’m also a pretty big fan of not leaving the house. I realized how lucky I was to be able to stay home, buuuut…I was bored. Sometimes when my two older kids were at school I would sit and look at my clean house wondering what to do with myself. So…
I then became an Accidental Stay-at-Home-Mom-and-Blogger. I was always baking something up, and then being asked for my recipes. I routinely had people contact me with their baking questions. I liked to write. It seemed like the perfect hobby for me.
After 4.5 years in Texas, we finally moved back to Michigan (yay!!), and I’ve grown to love sharing my baking adventures on the blog. So much so, that I decided to ditch my environmental scientist gig altogether, and stick with recipe development, blogging, and food photography.
I think that from-scratch baking is the most delicious, so that’s my focus! My recipes use the best ingredients I can find, which results in the best flavor! Using ingredients that are local, organic, ethical, sustainable, and in-season are important to me. I also love to make sweets that maybe you’ve never seen before. (Root Beer Float Cream Puffs, anyone?)
You won’t see me posting a recipe unless it works.
You won’t see me suggesting an ingredient or product unless I love it and use it myself.
I won’t be one of those food bloggers trying to sell you vitamins or toothpaste. (I’ve been asked to do both. Seriously.)
Follow Along with Me!
There are lots of ways to follow along with my baking adventures:
- Sign up for my newsletter – I typically send my newsletter weekly–no spam ever! I include new, seasonal, and popular recipes, and include helpful kitchen tips! If you’d like to sign up, just enter your email in the sign up box (off to the right if you’re on desktop; scroll to the bottom if you’re on mobile)!
- Email – Reach out to me via email anytime! You can reach me at [email protected]!
I hope that you enjoy my recipes, and that they inspire you to whip up something sweet for yourself!